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NOTRE-DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team are on a seven-game winning streak and will look to keep the party going on Sunday when Clemson visits the alumni stadium. The first touch is scheduled for 3:06 p.m. ET. The ACC game will be broadcast on Regional Sports Networks (RSNs), so please check your local listings. For those in the Michiana area, the game will be broadcast live on the Marquee network.

Reminder to all fans – admission is free.

BEST START

The Irish are now 11-1-1 on the year, marking Coach Norman’s best start at the helm of the Irish. Plus, it’s the fastest the team has reached at 10 games (12 games or less) since the 2010 national championship season.

Notre Dame also made history with his 5-0-0 start in the ACC game.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Six of the last seven goals have come with a rookie’s foot: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.

Albert is the 8th ranked rookie in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she lives up to the rankings. She has the second most goals for the team with seven. In fact, she has three goals in the last two games.

Katie Coyle recently recorded her first career winning game, scoring the second half of the 2-1 victory at NC State. Coyle has two goals and an assist.

Sophia Fisher also has a winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette. The rookie also scored in Thursday’s win over Louisville, bringing his season tally to three.

Finally, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who recently scored her first career goal in the victory over Boston College on September 26.

IN THE RANKS

After reaching the top 25 of the Top Drawer Soccer before the ACC game, the Irish continue to climb the charts. This week, they check in at # 15.

The Irish also ultimately passed the United Soccer Coaches poll, placing at No.24.

In the updated women’s football RPI, the Irish women rank at No.21.

WINS SERIES

With the victory over Louisville, Notre Dame was the winner of 7 straight games. During the winning streak, the Irish outscored their opponents 28-3. In addition, Notre Dame dominated its opponents 134-29.

Additionally, there have been nine different goal scorers during this span: Maddie Mercado, Kiki Van Zanten, Sammi Fisher, Sophia Fisher, Olivia Wingate, Kaylie Ronan, Katie Coyle, Brooke VanDyck, Korbin Albert.

OFFENSIVE MUSCLE BENDING

Notre Dame has scored 37 goals which rank second in the ACC and 10th in the nation. Their 37 goals are already more than the last two years (2019 – 31; 2018 – 24) and the most of the Coach Norman era.

Notre Dame’s scoring offensive of 2.85 ranks 15th in the country and 2nd in the CCA.

In addition, ND’s total of 101 points ranks 14th in the country and 3rd in the conference.

JUST AT THE CORNER

The Irish enjoyed a considerable advantage in the corners against their opponents, 85-23. Notre Dame’s 6.54 coins / game rank 36th in the country.

THE SOFTNESS OF THE HOME

The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult place for opposing programs. Since its inception in 2009, Notre Dame has posted a 105-26-6 record, good for a 0.788 winning percentage. In fact, they’ve only given up one loss or better in six separate seasons.

Looking only at the past three years, the Irish are 19-3-2 at home.

Notre Dame is undefeated at home this season with a 7-0-1 record. The Irish have 2 more home games to play. The last time the Irish went unbeaten at home was in the 2008 season when they were 26-1 overall (the only loss in the domestic title game).

DEFENSE STARTS STRONG

The last three Irish have been a brick wall, posting a 0.601 goals against average, which ranks them 26th nationally.

In total, the Irish defense allowed just eight goals with 37 shots on goal. As for the total number of shots, they only allow 6.5 per game.

Second-year goalkeeper Ashley Naylor has started the last 7 games for the Irish, allowing three goals and recording four shutouts.

– ND –

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